A Commentator’s Time and Energy Test

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | May 31, 2012

I wanted to add another vote of confidence for those who are working so hard to expose Planned Parenthood, but that would have involved a careful critique of the incomplete treatment of lying in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and a reminder that catechisms are conveniences, not definitive statements of the Magisterium.

Then I wanted to laugh, with my colleague Phil Lawler, at those in the press who are portraying Vatileaks as a bigger problem for the Church than sexual abuse. But Phil had already done it, and if I were to add anything, I would have had to mount a serious discussion of the inevitable problem of worldliness among ecclesiastical persons, and what that implies (and does not imply) about the nature of the Church.

Then I hoped to say something intelligent about the tactic, used in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, of “buying out” abusers to hasten their departure from the priesthood. But this has rather complex ramifications which can only, in the end, be sorted out by prudence, resulting in decisions about which good people can disagree.

Those who read my work know I am challenged by brevity. Some days, if I get started, I’ll never get a chance to stop!

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: seewig - Dec. 07, 2018 6:55 PM ET USA

    It is curious, but that's all it can be for now, apparently. This pope is a curious phenomenon all together. God put him there for a purpose, and we'll eventually get to find out why, as we carry on. The more our world is drifting away from Christ, the more chaos and turmoil will be the consequence. In our case, prayer and sacrifice is the main order of the day, it seems. Because nobody else will,...

  • Posted by: fenton1015153 - Dec. 07, 2018 9:55 AM ET USA

    It could be as Luke 4:24 says, "And He said, “Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his home town." Or it could be that he has a vested interest in not going back to Argentina! I find it a little sad that he has not gone home but it makes me wonder if his idea of home is more than a place. I hope that if he has burned his bridge back to Argentina that he doesn't burn the bridge that leads back to orthodox Catholic.